HIS story of man’s rescue involves a king.
Israel’s desire for their first king does not seem to be a high point in their history. Perhaps you picked up on the two details that made their royal request anything but a moment that made God proud. And yet, be careful with your criticisms because you too are subject to these same weaknesses!
1. They desired a king because they wanted to be like the other nations (1 Sam. 8:5, 20). They liked what they observed in other nations…perhaps the pomp and circumstance…maybe a valiant, debonair man on a horse as the commander and chief of their armed forces. So, they decided they wanted one too. Be careful! Peer pressure can be a dangerous thing. Rather than being conformed to the world’s patterns, Christ followers are to be transformed into His likeness (Rom. 8:28, 29; 12:1, 2).
2. Their desire for a king indicated their rejection of God as king. Understandably, Samuel, as the national leader at that time interpreted their royal request as personal rejection. But God made it clear that the people had instead rejected Him. Be careful! An unsubmissive spirit towards God is rebellious and dangerous.
In spite of the driving forces behind their request of a king, God granted their wish. He can bring great things out of bad choices. First came Saul…who had his issues. Then came David. Somehow, in spite of some unwise choices, David is described as a man after the heart of God (1 Samuel 13:14). And God not only had a plan for David but also for one of his descendants who would reign eternally on David’s throne.
Several centuries later, a birth announcement went out from an angel named Gabriel to an expectant mother named Mary. In describing the son that would be born to her, the angel said, “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Of course, Mary’s son was named Jesus. The Father sent a King to rescue rebellious people like us!